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1741]                  To Horace Mann                    143
happy in other places. One reflection I shall have, very sweet, though very melancholy; that if our family is to be the sacrifice that shall first pamper discord, at least the one9, the part of it that interested all my concerns, and must have suffered from our ruin, is safe, secure, and above the rage of confusion: nothing in this world can touch her peace now!
To-morrow and Friday we go upon the Westminster election—you will not wonder, shall you, if you hear next post that we have lost that too ? Good night.
Yours ever.
57.    To HORACE MANN.
Thursday, six o'clock.
You will hardly divine where I am writing to you—in the Speaker's chamber. The House is examining witnesses on the Westminster election, which will not be determined to-day; I am not in liaste it should, for I believe we shall lose it. A great fat fellow, a constable, on their side, has just deposed, that Lord Sundon1 and the high constable took him by the collar at the election, and threw him downstairs. Do you know the figure of Lord Sundon ? if you do, only think of that little old creature throwing any man downstairs!
As I was coming down this morning, your brother brought me a long letter from you, in answer to mine of the 12th of November. You try to make me mistrust the designs of Spain against Tuscany, but I will hope yet: hopes are all I have for anything now!
As to the young  man, I will see his mother the first
9 Hia mother, Catherine Lady     (circ. 1672-1762), first Baron Sundon;
Walpole, who died August 20, 1787.      Lord of the Treasury, 1727-41. Ho
Walpole.                                                was at this time candidate for West-
LWTTER   57.—*  William    Clayton     minster.